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Teen says thank you with sweet treats

Teenager Joey Sibbit from Orrell, Wigan, decided he wanted to thank his local hospital by baking some delicious scones for the staff on Astley Ward at Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.


With a passion for baking, 13-year-old Joey has grown up learning tips from his Grandad since he was eight-years-old. And, wanting to carry on the family legacy, Joey kindly made some sweet treats to give back to those working during the current pandemic.

From loaves of bread to buttery scones, the St Peters High School pupil has baked a selection of treats whist staying at home during the lockdown. His mum, Joanne says: “You can’t go on a diet in our household”.

Joanne, 43, is friends with Staff Nurse, Theresa McLaughlin, on Astley Ward, which is where the idea came about of Joey baking scones for the staff.

The scones were presented in a brown box, tied with ribbon and a side of clotted cream and jam complete with a note attached reading, ‘To our wonderful NHS staff, I hope your enjoy the scones, love from Joey’.

Both Joey and Joanne visited Wigan Infirmary and delivered the baked goods at a safe distance.

“They went down a treat,” said Debbie Latimer, Ward Clerk on Astley Ward.